Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic Asks Back Pain Patients About Pain Relief Expectations

What do Eugene back pain sufferers desire when they seek Eugene back pain care? Back pain relief. How much Eugene back pain relief do they expect? 100%? 50%? That percentage differs with the back pain patient’s experience and past care. First time back pain sufferers many times expect 100%. A veteran back pain sufferer who has experienced a couple back surgeries, numerous spinal injections, many doctors and therapists may well be thrilled with 50% or even 30%. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic welcomes all these Eugene back pain patients and shares what the spinal research literature documents as realistic outcomes of Eugene back pain treatment and specifically Eugene chiropractic outcomes of care using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.


How much improvement do you expect from your back pain treatment? 30% is said to be “clinically relevant.” (1) Is that enough for you? Medical literature characterizes the “minimal clinically important difference” of treatment to be the least change in status a patient sees as meaningful to him or her. That difference is defined as 30% improvement in self-reported pain or function by a study of 743 patients. (2)  In another study of 609 back-related leg pain and sciatica patients, good outcome is described as 30% reduction in disability. 55% reported such improvement at 12 months of care. (3) The expectation of 5443 patients who had spine surgery for low back degenerative disc disease for pain and disability reduction was met for 64% at 12 months post-surgery. However, satisfaction goes down as disability rises. (4) Realistic expectations of back pain treatment are communicated to Eugene chiropractic patients at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic when the treatment plan is established.


In following the protocols of the chiropractic technique, Cox® Technic, Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic and fellow chiropractors who offer it seek 50% relief of pain in 30 days…and we chiropractors don’t see this as too high a target! Cox® Technic physicians like yours at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic witness higher percentages of improvement for many Eugene back pain patients. With 50% relief, which for many patients results in just a few visits to a week or two, Eugene chiropractic treatment carries on without a surgical consult or advanced imaging (except if progressive neurological deficits appear or cauda equina is present). 50% relief is often a timely relief for Eugene back pain patients seeking a return to a quality of life that is acceptable. This might involve walking the dog or walking to the mailbox. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic strives to help patients attain realistic and maintainable outcomes of care.

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Schedule your next Eugene chiropractic visit today. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic works to meet patient expectations of Eugene back pain treatment (be they 20% or 30% or 50% or more!) as well as forming reasonable expectations of back pain relief for each individual spine. 

The pain relief expectations of Eugene back pain patients influence their satisfaction with chiropractic care. What’s realistic? 
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